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  1. Bison Pete and the Pants Trick

    January 31, 2011 by jjosh

    <all right chaps, put the meat on the head!>

    I was working late one evening, assistant editing for the production company I worked for. We were working on a show about buffalo that we had produced for a late 90's series that was on TNT called "Wild! Life Adventures" (yes, they did have that "!" in there). The conceit of Wild! Life Adventures was that it was a nature show, but it was hosted by a celebrity! GENIUS!

    The first one we did was about the return of the wolves to Yellowstone, and it was hosted by Matthew Fox. It was an amazing shoot, going to areas only accessible by horseback, and carrying the camera equipment on a mule. The mule would go on ahead of us with these handlers, and by the end of the shoot it had gotten to the point where they were doubling as grips, and would have the camera and tripod set up for us by the time we got to the location.

    The second one was not as glamorous, but it was definitely weird. It was about Bison, and was hosted by Harry Hamlin. You know Harry Hamlin, right? The star of LA Law, and, more importantly, the original Clash of the Titans. I was a PA on the shoot and got to spend a lot of time with Harry. Once he found out I was geeking out over Clash, he began to tell me all these tales of working on the movie. Which was a hoot, because it was a low-budget b-movie shot in Italy, but it had Lawrence Olivier in it and all these other surreal touches. I remember he told me about the Medusa head prop having all this raw meat on the bottom of it to make it look shredded and bloody, but it was so hot that the meat kept rotting and stinking the place up. So in between takes they would take the meat off the prop and store it in a cooler. Then before each shot, the British AD would intone over the walkie talkie "Ok chaps, put the meat on the head!" For a while, making the Bison film, we would say "put the meat on the head" all the time.

    Anyway, we were editing this show, and it wasn't going that well. Partly because Bison don't really DO much (although we had an amazing shoot in the middle of a rut!), and partly because Hamlin was only available for half the shoot. For the other half of the shoot (and show) we were focusing on a character named Bison Pete, who was a ornery old cuss out of Wyoming who got his name because he dealt in Bison furs. Since the production was trying to save money, they had me sharing a hotel room with Bison Pete. Which was fine, in theory, I mean I've shared rooms with lots weirder than that Bison skinner.

    But the weirdness quotient increased because Bison Pete liked to sleep naked. Fair enough, sure, but also the man wasn't just called Bison Pete because of his job, youknowhatI'msayin? And he snored like a freight train! I didn't get any sleep, and when you're on those shoots, they start REALLY early and run REALLY late. And when you're the PA on those shoots, you get up even earlier to get everyone breakfast, and you run even later to make sure the next day's shoot is prepped. So I was completely shot. That day was brutal.

    The next day I told the producer that I didn't care, she could take the hotel fee out of my pay, but I NEEDED MY OWN ROOM. And they got it for me. Very considerate. I continued to ride from location to location in Pete's truck with him, and had some great conversations.

    ME: You know, it's amazing being out here in the West, it's so open…

    PETE: Sure is.

    ME: But I guess there's houses up there on that hill, and I wonder if you've seen it change in your lifetime?

    PETE: Sure have. Didn't used to be houses up there.

    ME: So do you think it's inevitable that everywhere will eventually just fill up with people?

    PETE: Sure do.

    ME: Why, do you think?

    PETE: Cuz there's more and more people. And there's more and more people 'cuz people just keep on fuckin.

    ME: Sounds right.

    Anyway, the show was having a tough time coming together and we were having to put in some late nights. The producer and associate producer had rented an AVID and it was in the AP's house. She lived on a street in Annapolis in an ok area, across from the library on West St. So it was a bit late at night, like maybe 10:30, when there was a knock at her front door. Which was kind of weird.

    The producer, AP, and editor all got nervous, and were like, hey Josh, you're the only man here, why don't you answer the door. Which seemed a bit like bunk, but ok, sure. I went to the door and opened it, leaving the screen door part closed. It was summer, and outside was standing a medium height black guy with a beard, wearing a backpack and no shirt. He looked a bit distressed.

    "I'm really sorry sir," he said, "I know this looks weird, but I was wondering if I could just come in and use your bathroom for a minute?"

    When I balked, he continued, "You see, my friends left me here, they drove off without me, and they played a trick on me, they put something in my pants."

    And it took my mind a while to process what the hell this could all mean. It certainly didn't sound right.

    "I don't know buddy, I'm not sure about that."

    "I know, I know, but look, my friends drove off! They put something in my pants…"

    "Well, it's kind of late, that's a strange story…"

    "I know, I know, but if I could just use your bathroom for a moment…"

    And I was in this strange mindset. I felt a little guilty, I kept thinking if this was pioneer times I would let the poor guy in, what if something happened, what if they really did play a trick on him, what if they —

    and then I would hit the part where his situation just rocket blasted off into weirdness, and think, all of that might be the case, but what in the world does it mean that they put something in his pants?! Why would he mention that?

    I eventually had to close the door on him, and he was pretty disgruntled about the whole thing. I tried to explain that it was too late, that I just couldn't, that it wasn't my house. What I should have said was, maybe if you had kept your pants out of it, we could make something happen. What I should have said was, alright chaps, put the meat on the head!

  2. green fountain Chelsea

    January 29, 2011 by jjosh

  3. Raygun Theatre for SGA Secretary

    January 25, 2011 by jjosh

    This is weird. I was going to write a story about Raygun Theatre — the band I played with in college — and googled it to see if I could get a picture of the band or something for this post. I was going to write a reminiscence about the time we played a show and were getting paid something liked $2 and this irritated us so much that we did an extended version of one of the songs where we played the last two chords for 10 minutes. We timed it, and just did those same two chords, over and over and over. It was trance-like, and funny at first, and then weird, and then I kind of got into it. The band I'm in now pretty much only plays one note, so it was sort of foreshadowing.

    After that show, our lead guitarist Mike Lyxx wrote a song about that whole experience called "Fuck You All" which was a pretty great song. We recorded it with a slew of other songs over a weekend recording with Rob (from the band Eggs) in Arlington, VA. Then we pressed 300 (I think) records, Jack (lead singer/songwriter) screen-printed the covers on paper and we laboriously glued them to all the record covers. I still have a couple of the records, but most have been given away at this point.

    So I'm googling "Raygun Theatre" and I'm seeing some gig posters from college which I now remember having found before and being kind of amazed that they were online. And then a couple of hits down there's a link to a German Ebay auction that just ended Dec 28, 2010 for one of the records! It was sold from Paris, and it went for $60?! Wha?

    How did it end up in Paris?

    Why is someone trying to sell it now?

    Why is someone else paying $60 for it?

    And there's no real info listed either, just "genre: punk" and "label: LS1" which is actually wrong, it's supposed to be SL1, which stood for Senior Lounge, referring to some kind of lounge that Jack had in his high school where only the seniors could hang out. Did you ever hear of such a thing?

    Also, this auction claims that the record is in its original shrink wrap?! What the what?

    I would love to know the story behind this record. The auction has some great pictures of the record (added below). If it sold for not much money, I would think it was maybe just some vinyl collector who thought "hey, let's check this out", but it's $60…granted, that's not a ton, but it's enough that maybe you'd want to have an idea of what you were getting? Or maybe not? I'm tempted to write the winner and see what the story is. Yeah, that's what I'll do! Let's see what the deal is!

    Ah no, a little look further reveals that it didn't sell for $60, that's what the starting bid was, and he didn't get any takers. It's since been relisted for $45, nuts, we're losing value! Well, I think I'll still write that guy and ask where he got the record, what the deal is, etc.

  4. Guns Was Biscuits

    January 21, 2011 by jjosh

    Hey guys, here we go, the first new DjJG track of 2011! I'm pretty into this one, been listening to it on repeat for a lot of the week…

    As always with these tracks, recommended to listen with headphones, and in the right state of mind…

    Here it is on youtube, and there's a link below to download the mp3…

    Right-click or ctrl-click to download:

    DjJG – Guns Was Biscuits

  5. get into the Gutter

    January 20, 2011 by jjosh

    So maybe everyone has already found this, but in case some of you don't have it, here's the DjJG mix for 2010. It took a good 2 and a half years to make, 'cuz if you remember, the last DjJG mix was wayyyy back in the May of 2008. For this one I made almost all of the tracks myself, except for a couple of Arbiters tracks, 'cuz they're so good, and they just fit so perfectly on there. Moving forwards I think I'm going to post new tracks as I make them, because it takes a really long time (like 2.5 years) to get enough to make a full mix CD…watch this space for new trax…

    and if you're on facebook, Gutter Rock has its own page!!! It can answer questions and chat with you…

    Link is below, enjoy the mix…

    DjJG – Gutter Rock

  6. notes

    January 17, 2011 by jjosh

    <above image is hit one when searching google images for "year of the dragon">

    For this week's post I'm going to type out verbatim one of the notes I have on my iphone….

    I was always overhearing good ideas, or being witness to some amazing stories, and I always wanted to write them down (tried many times with notebooks, tiny notebooks, etc.) but never really got a system that worked until I got the iphone…for some reason, always having the phone around, and the notetaking program allows you to type (instead of having to write it out longhand — which always took forever — you can type), combine to make it a way I'm actually using to note down when the golden ideas come around. Some notes are better quality than others, depending on how golden the ideas are…

    here's the most recent one, it's pretty good…some of them do have more context, but I think it's kind of fun to see them without any context at all…


    year of the dragon


    is it emotional or clinical

    don't have to tell whole life story


    Constance Garnett version of Dostoevsky 

    mark vessen. beasties


    write museum of mov I'm about star wars figures being mixed up…bib fortunata in empire section should be in jedi section…also if you want t be taken seriously your collection needs a boba fett.  seriously. 


    watch big lebowski


    trailer park boys


    dirge rock bank job


    generosity street

    reasonably cute


    jay bois story about trying to help dad with track lighting…ends with dad driving away…blown in insulation…


    use the music from aphrodites child when he's walking to the horse 


    we four get a cracker barrel franchise…vince hates it so much he commits suicide…right when cj gets the news we are the best cracker barrel in the nation…goes to tell vince and finds him…before hanging himself vince is still optimistic, even making positive suggestions at a meeting 


    watch the 86 mets on funny or die




  7. Fever for a Fifth

    January 11, 2011 by jjosh

    Somehow Ken got one of those portable flashing lights that undercover cops use, you know? So for a while in high school the fun thing for us to do was to ride around in his diesel BMW and head out to the country roads deep in Maryland where there weren't any streetlights. We'd find a car driving around, follow them, and then throw the flashing red on the roof. We'd pull them over. And then we had a couple of options: we could speed off, swerving all over the road like crazy people; we could pull up right next to them and look deadpan at them before driving away; we could roll down the windows and yell some nonsense at them.

    Ken's car tape player was broken, so he had this piece of junk silver portable tape player that we would put in the middle of the two front seats and play tapes from. It only had the one speaker, and I'm pretty sure it had a shortwave radio on it, it was a real antique. For a while were deep into the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack, first as kind of a joke, and then we got it non-ironically.

    One night we were jamming Fever and pulling people over, and we pulled over some guys in a pickup truck. We drove up next to them and gave them the deadpan look. It was two Deep Maryland Rednecks who saw some high school geeks pretending to be cops. They got pissed, narrowed their eyes to slits and blew smoke out of their noses.

    We hit the accelerator.

    What I'll always remember is that as soon as we put the hammer down, the junky silver tape player started up with the Fever Soundtrack's "A Fifth of Beethoven". The energy was fierce. The rednecks were giving chase, really flooring it, getting all up on our tailpipe. And Ken was driving like a madman, giving it all he could. And the tape player was building, and building, and it was like a disco chase scene, country roads blurring by in the night. And at some point it actually got kind of scary, like what the hell are these guys going trying to do? We are miles and miles from anything, are we getting into some deliverance-style scene here?

    But the disco kind of keeps it light, keeps it exciting, keeps pumping it up, so when they pull up next to us we're pretty much ready to explode. One of the Deep Maryland Rednecks pitches a beer bottle at us and it smashes on the hood of the car. He's leaning out of the window and screaming like a banshee, a high-pitched wail, and he's tilted his head back like he's howling at the moon. And I mean this is too much, like what the hell is going on? How did it get to this? What are we doing with our lives? A Fifth of Beethoven is at fever pitch, and tires are screaming all over the road.

    And Ken takes a turn and pulls into some kind of gated community and the rednecks keep speeding down the road. There's still glass on the hood of the BMW and someone stops the tape player. Adrenaline pumps. How did it happen? We had been the cops, the pursuers, and how quickly we had become the pursued. The tables turned so quickly.

    I blamed disco.

  8. Maxine + Mandy in the field that they OWN!!! it is amazing.

    December 2, 2010 by jjosh

  9. dj shadow = astounding

    November 17, 2010 by jjosh

    WARNING: this is very loud

  10. a bit of John Cage’s 27’10.554″

    October 31, 2010 by jjosh

  11. crisp Fall morning, heading up the Hudson

    October 31, 2010 by jjosh

  12. space wolf

    October 27, 2010 by jjosh

    I read this guy's comics, and they're nutso

  13. at frida’s goodbye party, talent show

    October 23, 2010 by jjosh

  14. s(l)ickness

    October 22, 2010 by jjosh

    mad skillz…via kottke, the master

  15. strrrreeeeetttttzzzzzz

    October 20, 2010 by jjosh

    An electronic postcard of sorts from Mike Skinner of The Streets…pretty cool, right down to the look of the type and the idea of the heating tubes in the studio…for a while The Streets were the sh*t, right? But then it seemed like he started believing his own hype…maybe he's back…I like this a lot…

    here's a blast from the past when he was great…